Beyond the excellent title, which I want on my gravestone, this piece by Bret McCabe hits on a lot of what we are trying to do with this book. I especially liked this excerpt:
Along with the great Elissa Bassist, the editor of Funny Women on The Rumpus, I'm teaching a humor/satire bootcamp at Catapult in NY.
You'll learn how to write literary humor for 90 minutes with Elissa, than you'll learn how to write topical satire with me for 90 minutes, then we all hang out and do a Q & A for an hour! Catapult is a wonderful place to work and teach, and I met awesome writers the last time I taught this class.
The Belladonna Editors are so proud to be featured in the June edition of The Writer Magazine as one of the "Gatekeepers of Contemporary American Humor!"
You can buy the issue in print or access it through The Writer's app now. We're featured alongside the editors for McSweeney's, The New Yorker, Weekly Humorist, Robot Butt, and Splitsider - so good company!
I'm unbelievably excited and proud to announce that my first satirical book, co-written with the other Belladonna editors Carrie Wittmer, Brooke Preston, and Fiona Taylor, is going to be published this fall!!
An expanded version of our viral McSweeney's piece (which you can read here), the book will be published by Dutton/Plume (imprints of Penguin Random House) in the US, and by Sceptre (an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton) in the UK in NOVEMBER 2018!
I'll be teaching a six-week introduction to writing satire course at Magnet Theater in New York on Tuesdays this fall, starting September 12th.
Students from the first term have gone on to publish several of the pieces written in the class - check out this one that made it onto McSweeney's!
We focus on brainstorming techniques, forming a point of view, and learning different forms. You'll leave the class with three rewritten pieces, as well as info on submitting to different outlets.
I had a GREAT time the first time I taught this course over the summer - come join me this term!
On September 23rd, I'll be teaching a "Satire Starter Pack" Workshop at Washington Improv Theater in D.C. It's from 12:30-3:30pm.
"Got opinions? Mad about something? Do you have a person or institution in power you want to criticize? Get it all out through writing satire! In this three-hour intro workshop, you’ll learn brainstorming techniques, how to form a comedic premise, and how to sculpt your point of view and personal voice as a satirical writer. Students will go through the brainstorming process as a group and workshop titles and ideas for future pieces by the end of the class.
The goal is to give you tools to be able to continue to write different pieces for different sites after the class. We will discuss forms used on sites like McSweeney’s and The New Yorker. No prerequisites required"
Would love to see D.C. people there! Let's write some political satire, huh?